On this day in hip-hop history, MC Shan released Down by Law.
On this day in 1987, New York rapper MC Shan released his debut album Down By Law on Warner Bros. The single "The Bridge" kickstarted the beef between him and KRS-One and essentially MC Shan's career. Numerous response tracks between BDP and the Juice Crew would ensue, with the main debate over the origins of hip-hop.
Produced by MC Shan's cousin, Marley Marl, Down By Law featured a few singles including the already mentioned "The Bridge" along with the response track "Kill That Noise," and "Left Me Lonely," which reached #71 on the R&B chart.
Also on this day...
1989 - Cool C released his debut album I Gotta Habit on Atlantic.
1995 - Coolio released his single "Gangsta's Paradise" on Tommy Boy.
2000 - Lil' Bow Wow released the single "Bounce with Me" on So So Def.
2000 - Shaggy released his fifth album, Hot Shot on MCA.
2006 - Rick Ross released his debut album Port of Miami on Slip-n-Slide.
2011 - Kanye West and Jay Z released the album Watch the Throne on Def Jam.